I am currently in my third year as an analyst at a small investment bank in the Mid-Atlantic. Its a small firm but the two senior guys each did times at much larger banks and I have gotten what I believe to be I solid lower middle market deal experience. Today, I had a discussion about what I would like to do next come May when my third year is up (there is no possibility of promotion upwards due to our the firm's size). They told me to think about what may interest me next so that they can help by reaching out to their network to find my next job. Due to lifestyle, I would prefer to stay in my current city. It isn't huge but it has a pretty solid finance community; however, I am having trouble thinking of what I could or should do next. There are about 8 or 9 fortune 500 companies I could look at, a bunch of other investment banks that are bigger, commercial banks, asset/investment management firms, etc.
What else am I missing? What are some good opportunities for an analyst from a small investment bank? I am not expecting nor do I want to move up to aor a huge PEG, but just need some help thinking through what my potential opportunities might be.
Thanks for any and all help.